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jigsaw puzzle

Also called picture puzzle. a set of irregularly cut pieces of pasteboard, wood, or the like that form a picture or design when fitted together.
any complex, confusing situation, condition, or item, as one composed of seemingly diverse or unrelated elements.
Origin of jigsaw puzzle
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Their bodies fitted like two parts of a jigsaw puzzle that have discovered each other.

    The Pretty Lady

    Arnold E. Bennett
  • It's like I'm looking at a jigsaw puzzle that looks like it's all completed and lying out on the table.

    Bear Trap Alan Edward Nourse
  • Like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, the whole picture suddenly fell into place.

  • It looked like some sort of jigsaw puzzle that he was piecing together very carefully, very— what's the word?

    Foe-Farrell Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • "He'll be glad to know I'm not showing it about, or brooding over it like a bit of a jigsaw puzzle," I thought.

    The Lightning Conductor Discovers America

    C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for jigsaw puzzle

jigsaw puzzle

a puzzle in which the player has to reassemble a picture that has been mounted on a wooden or cardboard base and cut into a large number of irregularly shaped interlocking pieces
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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